Saint Francis Xavier

St. Francis XavierFeast Day: December 3 Raised in the Castle of Xavier near Pamplona, Spain, Francis’ parents sent him to study at the university of Paris when he was seventeen. While there, he befriended another noble Spaniard,…

Hospitality with heart

When we accept that our homes and food don’t have to be perfect, we can discover the joy of entertaining. Here, Sandy Coughlin, author of the book The Reluctant Entertainer, shares 10 “commandments” of hospitality, to help you keep your…

St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Margaret of ScotlandFeast Day: November 16 Granddaughter of Edmund Ironside, king of Wessex, Margaret was raised in Hungary where she received a fine education that later helped to draw the affection of the King of Scotland. After the…

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Feast Day: November 13   A remarkable woman from humble origins, Frances was one of thirteen children. At age eighteen she wished to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her from following her dream.…

St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the GreatFeast Day: November 10 In the long history of the Church, there are only three popes who have ever earned the title “Great,” and Leo was the first one. A man with “boundless energy,” a compassionate…

All Saints Day

All Saints Day Feast Day: November 1   The Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints to honor the belief that every saint, known and unknown, is now with God. By acknowledging them and their lives, the Church is also recognizing the…

The Nun of Kenmare

In Dublin, Ireland, on a cold December night in 1881, Sister M. Francis Clare (Margaret Anna) Cusack, stepped off the train from Tuam and wearily made her way to the Poor Clare convent at Harold’s Cross. She rang the bell, and as soon as…